EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) Receives Consensus Rating of “Buy” from Analysts

Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPRGet Rating) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the seven research firms that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $57.90.

EPR has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on shares of EPR Properties from $56.00 to $56.50 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their target price on shares of EPR Properties from $54.00 to $55.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 15th. Raymond James lifted their target price on shares of EPR Properties from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 11th. StockNews.com upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, March 1st.

NYSE EPR opened at $48.40 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.08, a quick ratio of 10.05 and a current ratio of 8.14. The company has a market capitalization of $3.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.97 and a beta of 1.60. The company’s 50-day simple moving average is $52.86 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $49.51. EPR Properties has a one year low of $41.14 and a one year high of $56.38.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPRGet Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.03 by ($0.55). EPR Properties had a return on equity of 5.23% and a net margin of 23.80%. The firm had revenue of $157.47 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $145.54 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.52 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 40.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that EPR Properties will post 4.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.275 per share. This represents a $3.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.82%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 28th. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 218.54%.

In related news, CFO Mark Alan Peterson sold 4,543 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.02, for a total value of $249,955.86. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CAO Tonya L. Mater sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.08, for a total transaction of $250,400.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.78% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of EPR. UMB Bank N A MO purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the fourth quarter worth $26,000. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the first quarter worth $38,000. Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the first quarter worth $51,000. Charter Oak Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of EPR Properties by 103.2% during the fourth quarter. Charter Oak Capital Management LLC now owns 1,266 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $60,000 after buying an additional 643 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Parallel Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of EPR Properties by 26.4% during the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 1,102 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $60,000 after buying an additional 230 shares in the last quarter. 78.44% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About EPR Properties (Get Rating)

EPR Properties is a leading experiential net lease real estate investment trust (REIT), specializing in select enduring experiential properties in the real estate industry. We focus on real estate venues which create value by facilitating out of home leisure and recreation experiences where consumers choose to spend their discretionary time and money.

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